Brad Cresse Finally Joins the Dodgers

It took a lot longer than first anticipated but Brad Cresse is finally a member of the Dodger organization. Brad, a catcher and son of former Dodger bullpen coach Mark, literally grew up wearing a Dodger uniform and was drafted by the team in 1996. He didn't sign then, however, but has now as a minor league free agent, one of three to recently do so.

A standout at Marina High in Huntington Beach, Cal., it was thought that he'd be selected in the first four rounds of the 96 draft. However, it wasn't until the 34th round that the Dodgers picked him.

Although they offered him $200, 000 to sign, he turned it down to accept a scholarship to Louisiana State. There, he became an All-American and was chosen in the fifth round by the Diamondbacks in 2000.

However, in six seasons and four organizations, he has yet to play a game in the big leagues.
This past year, he saw limited duty at Springfield (Texas) where in 11 games he was .205-0-6, then at Tacoma in the Pacific Coast League where he hit .209-3-16 in 41 games. He might well wind up as the backup to Russell Martin at Las Vegas this year.

Also signed to minor league deals were righthanded pitchers T. J. Nall and Justin Reid. Nall is actually a re-signing for he's spent all seven of his seasons as a Dodger farmhand. Last year, as a member of the Las Vegas rotation,

He was 6-7, 7.17. Having suffered an elbow injury at the beginning of his second year (2000), he's had to battle back after Tommy John surgery, which caused him to quip, "My name is Thomas John Nall so it's a natural to have T. J. surgery."

Reid pitched for California Davis before being selected by the Pirates in the fourth round of the 1999 draft. He's spent the entire time in the Pittsburgh organization and, like the others, has never been in the big leagues.

In 2005 he pitched at Indianapolis where he was 7-5, 5.82. He's been a starter most of his career.